So here's the thing about NAMM. You can spend days going through and scheduling who you want to see and where they will be using the NAMM app and website - like Stef did and have things go nearly flawless. Or you can have things go like they did today. Chaotically!
I saw Stef in the morning when we got picked up by our great friends at tourbuslive.com - Jill & Gary. I saw her in the press room for
about a half hour then I didn't see her again until after 1pm when she told me she found our friend Alex Kane headed to the Peavey booth. We walked over to Engl and I didn't see her again until it was time to leave just before 5pm.We were trying to divide and conquer, but I think NAMM won a little today. Traffic and weather totally played a part in who and what we saw this time.
So here is what we were trying to do...
10:30: Get our passes for the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam 2012 11:00: Stef to take a class given by producer Jeffery Weber on 'Survival Secrets of the Music Business'. She took it and recommends his book on it. 11:30: Orianthi from Alice Cooper's band at Paul Reed Smith Guitars. Nope. Didn't even try. Class got out late. Noon: Mike Inez & dUg Pinnick at AMPEG. dUg was late but Stef shot Mike then I went up later and saw both of them after finishing my day 1 blog in the Press Room. Noon: Stef tried to see Kenny Loggins (Bedell), Phil Everly (Cleartone) and Tito Jackson (Dean Markley Strings). Loggins was late and she didn't see him. Phil Everly was late but she did end up seeing him and Tito was late and she didn't see him. But on the way to Cleartone, she did see Keith Harris from the Black Eyed Peas at Ibanez. So that was a make up from not being able to see Loggins and Tito. Noon: I was trying to get over to Samson for Eric Bass, Charlie Benante, David Ellefson, Glenn Hughes and John Tempesta, but went long with Inez and Pinnick so I didn't make it. 1:00: On her way over to see Dave Navarro at Paul Reed Guitars, Stef ran right into George Lynch at Randall. She snapped some Dave shots and headed over to Dean Markley for Montrose and Verheyen of Supertramp. Carl Verheyen was there, but Montrose cancelled and on the way there she saw Ratt's Warren DeMartini. 1:00: I saw Rudy Sarzo at Peavey ( I caused camera pandemonium when Rudy posed a shot for me then 50-million others pulled out cameras and flashed like crazy! NYC 5Revolt guitarist Mike Suppa was with me and was caught in the middle of the flash bombardment!) then over to Dave Navarro at Paul Reed Guitars right after Stef did. 1:15: Stef ran into David Shankle of DSG/Manowar fame at Kahler. 1:30: Stef ran in to Alex and let me know so we could meet up at Peavey. Alex was accompanying Caitln Love from Disney's "I'm in the Band" on guitar. 1:30: I was over at Samson to see Nicko McBrain signing with my 8x10 photo cards along with Mike Inez, Frankie Bellow and Kerry King. 2:00: Pantera's Rex Brown was at AMPEG but neither of us got up there to see him. 2:00: AC Alexander (Lizzy Borden) was at Engl for a signing and both of us got some shots at various times. Stef tried to see Tito Jackson again at another signing but he still hadn't arrived at NAMM. So she went by Shure and got a shot of Lincoln Brewster and got in line for the Korn signing. Then she tried to see Michael Wilton but he was still snowed out In Seattle. 3:00: Stef was in line for Korn and I was ready to shoot, but by 3:25, Korn hadn't come out and Stef gave up and headed over to Hohner for Tobias Ralph and I made my way to Neil Schon. Wait til you see the photo I got there!! 3:30: Neither of us made it to Samson for Vinny Appice, Rex Brown, Eddie Jackson & Billy Sheehan. 4:00: Stef walked around the bottom floor trying to find the Alex Skolnick location but never found the mislabeled booth. Her feet were
tired and she was hungry so that was the end of the line for her. She had wanted to see Munky from Korn but after what happened at Shure, she didn't try. 4:00: I tried to see Alice Cooper but 50-billion people were still waiting for Korn so I never found him.
We headed out by 4:45 so we could get over to the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam quickly since they hand out more passes than capacity and it's first come first served for entry. 4:15: While heading back to the Press Room I ran into all my Lizzy Borden buddies got a couple quick snaps. 6:00: Dean Guitars NAMM Jam - Testament/Jackyl/Wayne Static/Vinnie Moore - The Grove - Anaheim, CA - As we get there parking, here comes Wayne Static and his wife walking past us got into his hot Challanger car. The funniest part watching this is if you know his hair you ask yourself "How does he get into his car?" Just like anyone else. His hair just goes sideways ha! Show went great! Vinnie Moore opened and I think surprised everyone. Moore is known as one of the most influential guitarists to emerge out of the shredder boom in the mid 1980s. Fantastic instrumentals and it was really cool to see Black Label Society bassist JD DeServio in the band. He even sang the Hendrix cover "Fire." Wayne Static played next and WOW, that really kicked ass! Always fun shooting pics of Wayne. Then the girls came out for the Coffin Case & Dean Girl fashion show by Toxic Vision. After the girls left the stage we went out to the outside bar area and caught up with some friends like Wayne Findlay (MSG) and more. Jackyl hit the stage, took a couple photos then back out to the bar. Got in position for Testament took a couple pics, little video then got the hell outta there cause the pit exploded during the opening "The Preacher" and with standing/walking all day long it was time to get back to hotel and write this blog!